Backstreet Boys in the studio, and hinting at a tour with The Spice Girls

A.J. McLean has been talking about a possible double bill for two of 90s pop's hottest properties

Backstreet Boys man A.J. McLean has announced that his band will return to the studio next week, and also hinted heavily at the possibility of a future tour with The Spice Girls.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, the vocalist confirms his Florida act are set to record new musical material in addition to their recent involvement in zombie flick ‘Dead 7’, written by fellow band member Nick Carter.

“The Spice Girls tour has been this idea bouncing around for the past year and a half, and it’s something we’re still talking about,” McLean says.

“But we’re going back in on the 12th to dust off the cobwebs. We’re working with a new producer, Jay Cash, who wrote ‘Sugar’ for Maroon 5. This is just the beginning phase, but we’re hoping to have the album done before our cruise in May.”

The Backstreet Boys’ last album was their first independent release, 2013’s ‘In A World Like This’.


The bulk of McLean’s interview is focused on a new solo single that he says he hopes will “change people’s views” of him. The anti-discrimination single, entitled ‘Live Together’, aims to “start a movement,” with McLean explaining:

“I used to spend all my time on Instagram and social media, seeing what’s going on in entertainment. Then one day, I downloaded the CNN app and became glued to it — racial issues, cops killing young black men, the uproar with anti–gay marriage… all this negativity. I finally snapped and went, ‘This is ridiculous. This is the world my daughter’s growing up in, and it’s a fucked-up one.'”

“I grew up listening to rock,” McLean adds, talking of the track’s heavier sound.

Rumours about Spice Girls reformations last hit their latest height three months ago, with rumours that the 90s stars would reform without Victoria Beckham, in time for the 2016 20th anniversary of breakthrough single ‘Wannabe’. Their last reformations were for ‘Viva Forever: The Musical’ and the London Olympics, both in 2012.